Stroock Receives Whitehall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service from Rocking the Boat
New York, NY — Boatbuilding and environmental education nonprofit Rocking the Boat honored Stroock on October 23, 2008, at the New York Yacht Club with its Whitehall Award for Stroock’s long term, ongoing pro bono general counsel on a range of issues.
Stroock attorneys were instrumental in negotiating the purchase of all of Rocking the Boat’s assets from its sponsor organization, New Settlement Apartments, which owned all of Rocking the Boat’s equipment and boats, as well as its lease prior to its incorporation as a non-profit. Rocking the Boat is a after school and summer program based in the Southwest Bronx that enables inner-city high school students to acquire practical, academic, and social skills in various ways. The program teaches students to build wooden Whitehall boats (traditional New York Harbor rowboats used in the 18th and 19th centuries) from scratch and also teaches them environmental awareness and rowing.
Rocking the Boat has been a pro bono client of Stroock’s for almost eight years. Over two dozen Stroock attorneys have worked on Rocking the Boat’s behalf, contributing almost 500 hours of pro bono legal advice valued at approximately a quarter of a million dollars. Kevin Curnin, Director of the Public Service Project at Stroock remarked, “It is an honor to receive this award, as Stroock has become full-service general counsel to Rocking the Boat. Lawyers from at least ten practice groups including intellectual property, entertainment, insurance, non-profit, employment and tax have helped Rocking the Boat with everything from commercial lease issues and environmental law to employment policies and general corporate law advice.”
Stroock attorneys that worked on Rocking the Boat matters include: